NSW Shark Management Program
In March 2022, the NSW Government committed $85.6 million to continue the effective, evidence-based Shark Management Program until June 2026. A further $4.4 million was also committed for immediate additional response measures in 2021/22, including tagged shark listening stations, SMART drumlines, rapid response vessels, Surf Life Saving NSW resources, long range drone trials and research into biteproof wetsuit materials.
Surf Life Saving NSW drone surveillance program
There are 50 SLS NSW drone surveillance locations across the state under the NSW Shark Management Program. Further trials are being done looking at long-range flights and extended line of sight.
Surfing NSW partnership
In an Australian first, the NSW Government has partnered with Surfing NSW to provide funding to help keep surfers safe.
The partnership includes first-aid training through Surfing NSW’s Surfers Rescue 24/7 program, and customised medical kits and training to more than 126 NSW boardrider clubs, 60 surf schools, 177 surf coaches and 20 high performance surf coaches.
The partnership also includes drones and pilot training.
Keep up to date with the program through surfingnsw.com.au
SMART Drumlines: Shark Management Alert in Real Time
NSW is leading the world in trials of SMART Drumlines, which are both a shark mitigation tool and a research tool that reduce the risk of interactions with sharks while minimising the impact on marine species.SMART Drumlines